About Shawna

My life has always revolved around words in some way. I was always writing, and when I wasn’t writing, I was always reading.

To say words are in my blood misses the mark. I’d counter: words are my blood.

So, an English degree was a natural fit. I taught high-schoolers the finer points of Shakespeare and writing. Then, a master’s in communications. Newsletters! Press releases! Communication plans! Oh my! Eventually, I channeled those degrees and experiences into that new-fangled Internet thingy (remember the early ’00s?) and spent ten years building websites, coding HTML and Javascript into the wee hours of many nights.

But, along the way, I took a detour and indulged another passion: interior design. (That’s what happens when you remodel a house and spend waaaayyyy too much time watching HGTV.) I found I was rather good at it, so another degree made its way into my pocket, and a design firm was born. Hey, I was there when builder-beige morphed into fifty-shades-of-boring-gray! Eventually, I blinked and found myself managing and supporting design and construction projects for government facilities. (Jails! Police offices! The morgue! Ask me to tell you sometime about the proper ergonomics for performing an autopsy.) What a ride . . .

Through it all . . . I read. And wrote. And ate, drank, slept, and breathed in words. So, when a global pandemic took me by the scruff of the neck and said, “Re-evaluate your entire life, silly human!” in the form of a layoff . . . I did.

I chose the only natural path, the one I’d been walking my whole life. I chose words. Writing them. Reading them. Editing them. Armed with a shiny, new certificate in editing, I hung out my shingle, sharpened my pencil (well, warmed up my keyboard, really), and let the words have their way.

BS English, Missouri State University
MA Communications, Lindenwood University
AAS Interior Design, Johnson County Community College
Certificate in Editing, University of Chicago

My Brain
INTJ (Myers-Briggs)
Input, Intellection, Learner, Achiever, Deliberative (StrengthsFinder)
Rebel (Four Tendencies)
5w4 (Enneagram)

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My three cats are named after characters in Terry Brooks novels: Boh, Jax, and Wren. Yes, I am that nerdy.